Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Missouri Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of participants by supplementing their diets with nutritious U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodity foods. The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) and funded by the USDA.
Eligible participants include low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age who meet income eligibility requirements. Women, infants, and children currently receiving CSFP benefits who were certified to receive such assistance on or before February 6, 2014 are also eligible to continue to receive assistance under the program rules in effect on that date, in accordance with the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79, the 2014 Farm Bill). As required by the 2014 Farm Bill, women, infants, and children who apply to participate in CSFP on February 7, 2014, or later cannot be certified to participate in the program. Such individuals may be eligible for other nutrition assistance programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services manages the food ordering process. The six Feeding America Food Banks in Missouri receive, warehouse, and package the commodities. They partner with local organizations to determine the eligibility of applicants, distribute the food packages, and provide nutrition education.
The Missouri Commodity Supplemental Food Program State Plan is available for public review.